35 Inspirational Samuel Beckett Quotes On Success

Samuel Barclay Beckett was an Irish novelist, playwright, short story writer, theatre director, poet, and literary translator. A resident of Paris for most of his adult life, he wrote in both French and English. Beckett’s idiosyncratic work offers a bleak, tragi-comic outlook on existence and experience, often coupled with black comedy, nonsense and gallows humour. It became increasingly minimalist in his later career, involving more aesthetic and linguistic experimentation. He is considered one of the last modernist writers, and one of the key figures in what Martin Esslin called the “Theatre of the Absurd”. His best-known work is his 1953 play Waiting for Godot. Beckett was awarded the 1969 Nobel Prize in Literature “for his writing, which—in new forms for the novel and drama—in the destitution of modern man acquires its elevation. He was elected Saoi of Aosdána in 1984. Samuel Beckett was born in Dublin on Good Friday, 13 April 1906, to William Frank Beckett (1871–1933), a quantity surveyor and descendant of the Huguenots, and Maria Jones Roe, a nurse, when both were 35. They had married in 1901. Beckett had one older brother, Frank Edward Beckett (1902–1954). At the age of five, Beckett attended a local playschool in Dublin, where he started to learn music, and then moved to Earlsfort House School in Dublin city centre near Harcourt Street. The Becketts were members of the Anglican Church of Ireland. The family home, Cooldrinagh in the Dublin suburb of Foxrock, was a large house and garden complete with tennis court built in 1903 by Samuel’s father, William. The house and garden, together with the surrounding countryside where he often went walking with his father, the nearby Leopardstown Racecourse, the Foxrock railway station and Harcourt Street station at the city terminus of the line, all feature in his prose and plays. May these Samuel Beckett Quotes On Success inspire you to take action so that you may live your dreams.

1. “I can’t go on. I’ll go on.” Samuel Beckett

2. “If you do not love me I shall not be loved If I do not love you I shall not love.” Samuel Beckett

3. “Life is habit. Or rather life is a succession of habits.” Samuel Beckett

4. “Habit is a compromise effected between an individual and his environment.” Samuel Beckett

5. “What do we do now, now that we are happy?” Samuel Beckett

6. “We are all born crazy. Some remain that way.” Samuel Beckett

7. “You’re on earth. There’s no cure for that.” Samuel Beckett

8. “Against the charitable gesture there is no defence.” Samuel Beckett

9. “I am still alive then. That may come in useful.” Samuel Beckett

10. “All life long, the same questions, the same answers.” Samuel Beckett

11. “Don’t wait to be hunted to hide, that was always my motto.” Samuel Beckett

12. “Every word is like an unnecessary stain on silence and nothingness.” Samuel Beckett

13. “I tried to groan, Help! Help! But the tone that came out was that of polite conversation.” Samuel Beckett

14. “Dance first. Think later. It’s the natural order.” Samuel Beckett

15. “My mistakes are my life.” Samuel Beckett

16. “But what matter whether I was born or not, have lived or not, am dead or merely dying. I shall go on doing as I have always done, not knowing what it is I do, nor who I am, nor where I am, nor if I am.” Samuel Beckett

17. “Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try Again. Fail again. Fail better.” Samuel Beckett

18. “Better hope deferred than none.” Samuel Beckett

19. “If you don’t know where you are currently standing, you’re dead.” Samuel Beckett

20. “Then I went back into the house and wrote, It is midnight. The rain is beating on the windows. It was not midnight. It was not raining.” Samuel Beckett

21. “I have my faults, but changing my tune is not one of them.” Samuel Beckett

22. “Don’t look for meaning in the words. Listen to the silences.” Samuel Beckett

23. “I had little talent for happiness.” Samuel Beckett

24. “Any fool can turn a blind eye but who knows what the ostrich sees in the sand.” Samuel Beckett

25. “Mysterious affair, electricity.” Samuel Beckett

26. “The sun shone, having no alternative, on the nothing new.” Samuel Beckett

27. “All mankind is us, whether we like it or not.” Samuel Beckett

28. “Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better.’ You won’t believe what you can accomplish by attempting the impossible with the courage to repeatedly fail better.” Samuel Beckett

29. “If there is one question I dread, to which I have never been able to invent a satisfactory reply, it is the question what am I doing.” Samuel Beckett

30. “All has not been said and never will be.” Samuel Beckett

31. “Nothing is more real than nothing.” Samuel Beckett

32. “The creation of the world did not take place once and for all time, but takes place every day.” Samuel Beckett

33. “The end is in the beginning and yet you go on.” Samuel Beckett

34. “Perhaps that’s what I feel, an outside and an inside and me in the middle, perhaps that’s what I am, the thing that divides the world in two, on the one side the outside, on the other the inside, that can be as thin as foil, I’m neither one side nor the other, I’m in the middle, I’m the partition, I’ve two surfaces and no thickness, perhaps that’s what I feel, myself vibrating, I’m the tympanum, on the one hand the mind, on the other the world, I don’t belong to either.” Samuel Beckett

35. “Words are the clothes thoughts wear.” Samuel Beckett

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